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Super Dad Storytime

A man that reads is a Dad indeed!  Join us in celebrating Father’s Day with a special storytime followed by a craft of making and decorating a fold-out Father’s Day card.
Ages 3 and up.  FREE.  Registration is required.  To register, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573.
When: Saturday, June 16th at 11am

Where: Children’s Department


2012 Summer Reading Program

Dream BigREAD!

Making dreams come true.

This summer’s reading theme is “Dream Big – READ!”, and it was inspired by the concept of night and all that nighttime brings.  Night is a time to dream, to wish on shooting stars, of bedtime stories, and things that explore the night – think bats, owls, and other nocturnal animals!  Let’s explore and celebrate all things night related as we Dream Big and read together this summer.

How the Summer Reading Program will be structured:
1) First, the children create their reading log…
Visit the Children’s Department to sign-up for your free reading log beginning June 2nd.  Your goal is to read 5 books over the course of 8 weeks.  You can do it!  Longer books (think Harry Potter!) will count as more than 1 book.  For every book a child reads or is read to, record it in the reading log, deposit a token into our Wish Bank, and start on a new book.
2) Win Some Prizes…
Every week during the Summer Reading Program (starting Friday, June 22nd), you can enter for a chance to win a prize – including gift certificates to Frosty Freez, Island Books, Newport Creamery, and more!  Just visit the Children’s Room Desk and show us your progress in your reading log to be stamped, and you can submit an entry into our weekly raffle.

3) Read 5 books to be invited to our Ice Cream Sundae Party on Saturday, August 25th at 11am!

If you’ve read 5 books for your reading log, you’ll receive:
  • 2 free books of your choosing,
  • a book dedicated to you in the library,
  • a reading certificate,
  • and an ice cream sundae party here at the library!
 Scheduled Performers and Dates:
All programs are FREE.  Some programs require pre-registration and have limited seating.  Please check our website for details on each program.
  • Tuesday June 26th at 11am:  Bjorn the Magician.  Ages 4 and up.
  • Monday July 9th at 11am:  Shawn Middleton, Storyteller.  Ages 4 and up.
  • Tuesday, July 17th at 11am:  Greg Cooney, Musician.  Ages 5 and up.
  • Tuesday, July 24th at 11am: Rick Morin and the Rhythm Imaginarium.  60 limited seats available, register with Children’s Department.  Ages 4 and up.
  • Tuesday, July 31st at 11am: John Tierney and Burt the Raccoon.
  • Tuesday, August 7th at 11am: Audobon Owls of RI, “Goodnight Owl” storytime with a live owl for PreK children.  20 limited seats available, pre-register with Children’s Department.
  • Thursday, August 9th at 1pm: Ronald McDonald’s Book Tour
  • Tuesday, August 14th at 11am: Mad Science!  Ages 4 and up.
  • Saturday, August 25th at 11am: Ice Cream Sundae Party.  This party is for children who have met their reading goal for the summer.  If you have met your goal but will miss the party, we’ll have a Summer Reading Bag for you to pick up until mid-September.
Storytimes will also be available throughout the summer. 
Please check our monthly schedule in the library as well as online at for dates and times. 
Also, please visit the library for free or discounted passes to local attractions throughout the summer.
Reading for Wishes with
Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Q: What is Reading for Wishes? 
A: This year, in support of Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, we are Reading for Wishes.  By reading together, we can help make a Rhode Island child’s wish or dream come true!
Here’s how it works:
For every book that a child reads, they get a “dime” from the librarian to put into our Wish Bank at the library.  This dime will be matched in funding from the Friends of the Middletown Public Library to help a child’s wish come true.  The more books we read, the more money we raise – so let’s see how much money we can put in our Wish Bank this summer!
Please visit for more info on how you can help raise or donate money to Make-A-Wish. for more information
The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, McDonald’s Local Owner/Operators of Rhode Island, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Citizens Bank and Pepsi. Local support includes RI Children’s and Young Adult Librarians, and the Friends of the Middletown Public Library.
A special Thank You to the Friends of the Middletown Public Library for their support of the Summer Reading Program!

A Swampy Storytime

It Came from the Swamp!

The Preschool Story time theme this Tuesday was alligators.  We read about Alfie with  a bump on his head, three gators surviving the Big Bottom Boar, and four friends deciding what to do on a rainy day.

Helen Ketteman’s “Three Little Gators” brought us into a east Texas swamp where three gators set off on their own, along with a warning from their mother.  She tells her three gators to watch out for Big Bottom Boar!  Each gator builds their own houses to keep safe, but only one house withstands Big Bottom Boar.  Can you guess which one?

In Nicole Rubel’s “It  Came from the Swamp”, Alfie the alligator gets “konked” on the head while playing baseball and having a snack at the same time. He wakes to think that he is no longer a alligator and runs away from the others. Alfie’s hunger gets him into more predicaments, until finally another “konk” on the head  brings Alfie back to his senses.

When the forecast called for rain, four alligator friends venture out to have fun in Patricia Lakin’s “Rainy Day!”.  Sam, Pam, Will, and Jill’s  fun in the rain takes them from a golf park in the fog, to a baseball game played with hail. Their travels finally bring them to a library which they decide is perfect for a rainy day.


Posted by Miss Jane.

Project CHICK Update – Hatching Commmenced!

The chicken eggs that we have been incubating in the Children’s Department for the past 21 days are starting to wiggle, and that only means one thing – they’re hatching!  They will be available to visit in the library until Monday, May 14th at 4pm.  We’ll then be returning the chicks to Casey’s Farm to be free range chickens.

We invite you to come visit them and take photos, although children will not be able to hold them in their newly hatched state.  We would love to have you visit and answer your questions about the hatching process.

  Some chicken egg facts:

  • Incubate for 21 days
  • Require a temperature of about 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • A hen has been recorded to rotate her eggs about 96 times a day!
  • The eggs you buy in the store are unfertilized – so no need to worry about cracking open any developing embryo’s
  • The developing embryos feed on the yolk inside the egg while growing
  • The chick breaks free from the egg with the help of an egg tooth.  After hatching, the tooth falls off
  • An average chicken weighs about 5 and a half pounds

The stages of development for a chicken egg




It’s Raining Stories!

Our Story Time forecast called for rain.

May’s first Preschool Story Time theme reflected our recent rainy weather. In the book,” Itsy Bitsy Spider’ by Lorianne Siomades, the classic rhyme had a humorous twist – not only did the spider go up the drain spout again, but he was prepared!

Just how many insects and animals can fit under a mushroom in the rain? This question is answered in “Mushroom in the Rain” by Mirra Ginsburg. Five woodland creatures take shelter under a mushroom, only to later question how they all managed  to stay safe from the rain. The answer becomes apparent with the help of a frog.

Manya Stojic’s “Rain” told how African animals experience the rain through the five senses, from the Zebras seeing the lightning to the baboons hearing the thunder.  After the hot drying heat, comes the much needed rain, having the animals relishing it’s effects, from cooling mud, to a full watering hole.

Miss Jane

“Greenie” Gardeners Programs for Kids

Children and families will have a chance to get down in the dirt and become a “Greenie” with our newly installed Community Gardens at Middletown Public Library.  Beginning in June, we’ll be offering monthly gardening, plant, and nature themed programs through the Children’s Department.  The library will have a Children’s Garden that will offer hands-on experiences as well as programs that will bring the “outdoors in”.

These monthly program are free to register for.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.  To register for these programs, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573.

Saturday, June 9th at 11am: “Going Buggy” Story and Craft Program

It’s “good bugs” vs. “bad bugs” in this buggy version of Greenie Gardeners.   We’ll learn that there are good insects and bad insects for our gardens, and what some of the different kinds are.  This bug themed program will have thematic bug stories,  action rhymes, and a craft of designing your our own bug box.

Thanks, Mom!

“Thanks, Mom!” Mother’s Day Storytime and Card Making Craft

What better way to say “Happy Mother’s Day!” than with a handmade card from a loved one and sharing a special storytime?  For ages 4 and up.  All supplies are provided.  Register for this free program by visiting or calling the Children’s Department at 846-1573.
  •  When: Saturday, May 12th at 11am.  FREE.
  • Where: Children’s Department